Port Colborne Calls On All South Niagara Communities To Work Together For Better Health Care

Posted by Jamie Lee on Thursday, March 1st, 2012

A Mayor’s Report from Vance Badawey of Port Colborne

February 27, 2012

Due to a great deal of interest on the subject of the future of South Niagara’s Health Care, in particular, our community’s interest in providing leadership for continued collaboration, I felt it appropriate to add clarity to the intentions of the South Niagara Health Care Corporation.

The South Niagara Health Care Corporation is a corporation that received corporate status in 2008. When the Hospital Improvement Plan was released, the corporation was developed as a means of developing a tangible plan that would meet the health care needs of our residents. The South Niagara Health Care Corporation is a private, not-for-profit, without share capital corporation pursuant to the Corporations Act. The establishment and operation of this corporation was for all interested persons in South Niagara for the purpose of:

  • Monitoring, investigating, analyzing, researching, and examining and studying the health care needs of residents of South Niagara and surrounding areas.
  • Monitoring, investigating, analyzing, researching, examining and studying the provision of and availability of health care services and hospital services to residents of South Niagara and surrounding areas.
  • Reporting, commenting, and otherwise providing input, advice, counsel, information, opinion and suggestions regarding the health care needs, health care services and hospital services available to the residents of South Niagara and to be one voice to applicable government bodies, having an interest in such matters.
  •  Fostering and advancing communications to the residents of the communities of South Niagara with respect to the provision of and availability, but most importantly, alignment of such health care services in all South Niagara Communities.

To date, the City of Port Colborne along with the South Niagara Health Care Corporation developed a response to the Hospital Improvement Plan, and developed a Clinical Services Plan for Community based Primary health care needs. The SNHCC has developed a positive working relationship with many local physicians and ancillary health care providers as well as the Ministry of Health & Long Term Care, the LHIN the NHS and most recently, through my office, with Dr. Kevin Smith.

We have most recently initiated a Pilot Project for Inter-professional Care in partnership with the Niagara Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine’s Regional Assistant Dean, Dr. Karl Stobbe, Dr. Jennifer Everson, Physician Lead; Clinical Planning and Integration of the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network and local physicians. This project is being delivered in a manner that is engaging all of our physicians, and ancillary health care providers. Additionally, we have begun a Health Literacy project, to educate our communities on the way health care is delivered today. We believe that providing strategic health care communications to our communities with the collaboration of all will be beneficial to a healthier Niagara.

Additional initiatives taken on by the Corporation include continued discussions with respect to the HIP, recruitment of new physicians and allied health professionals, enhancement of community based primary health care, continued community health education, establishing partnerships, a new South Niagara Hospital and continued collaboration.

The SNHCC is a forum for positive discussion on all health care matters. It ensures alignment, collaboration, and drives best patient outcomes for our communities.  A streamlined approach to both acute and non-acute healthcare services is necessary, and the SNHCC offers the benefit of relationship building with the current available resources, while contributing to overall health care solutions.

We have now grown beyond our city’s limits. We must work together with our neighbouring municipalities within South Niagara, bringing together our medical faculties and members of our respective communities to move forward with a vision that will benefit future generations.

Therefore, we have respectfully requested representation from all South Niagara Communities to ensure that the health care needs of all South Niagara are being met through positive discussion on all health care matters resulting in solutions for both south Niagara and the overall region.


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